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Living Life with Intention, Passion & Love

Thursday February 14, 2008 #10  Valentines Day

“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”  ~ Zig Ziglar

Today is a good day to think about the impact love has on our ability to achieve our goals.  Not just romantic love, but the love of life!  I live my life with intention, passion and love.  Do you? I find that the more I focus on intention, passion and love the less time I have for worry and fear.

If you find you are not receiving the best life has to offer, perhaps it is because you are not giving life the best you have to offer.

Your assignment today is to think about all that you love in life:  people, music, nature and more.  The more we love life, the more life will love us back.  Keep your mind away from worry and problems by focusing on the good stuff!  Love big and watch out for the good stuff coming your way!

By the way, Zig also says, “Every day above ground is a good day!”  Love it!


February 24, 2008 Posted by | intention, JAM with Mike | , , | Leave a comment

Jump for Joy

Tuesday February 12, 2008  #9

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.” ~Amiel, Journal, 17 December 1856 

To start our series on tips for setting and keeping goals, handling obstacles, and experiencing achievement let’s explore PASSION and JOY. 

One of our fellow JAMmers asks,  

“You have “jump” pictures on many of your web pages and other materials. What is the significance of the jump?” 

Great question!  My calling is to teach people and organizations how to find and use their passion to achieve extraordinary results.  A good visual example of a passionate person is someone literally jumping for joy.  I use this symbol on my website and emails to show you examples of what passion and joy look like. 

Today’s challenge:  After reading this, get up from your chair.  Close your eyes and think about something you are truly passionate about.  It could be family, your work, friends, golf, shopping, music, etc.  Let the feeling of passion settle into your body down to your fingers and toes.  Then, throw your arms straight up over your head and say (as loudly as you can get away with), “Thank you!”  And if you’re feeling really bold, JUMP! 

I have nothing to prove this, but I am certain that you cannot do this exercise without “giving forth your spark” and feeling JOY

Now get back to work – everyone is wondering what you’re smiling about!

February 24, 2008 Posted by | Gratitude, JAM with Mike | , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Year every month!

 Thursday, February 7, 2008   Issue #8

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”  – Carl Bard

It is now February 7th.  Are you taking the actions necessary to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself for 2008 and beyond?  Today’s JAM is a suggestion for a different view on goal setting.

You know how fired up you feel when you set your goals?  Anything is possible, right?  And why not?  You have skills, desire, and opportunity and a whole year ahead of you! 

Why not get that sense of renewal and hope throughout the year?   Here’s the trick:  Get rid of the once-a-year “resolution” paradigm.  Instead, look at the idea of “rolling” 12 month periods and chart your updated course every month.  The start of each month is the beginning of a lifetime of rolling 12 month periods!

You just completed January.  Look at the actions you took toward your goals (not the ones you did not) – even the little actions.  Celebrate your progress!  Sing “Auld Lang Syne”, blow a noise maker, and wish yourself a Happy New Year!  Your next rolling 12 month year has begun!

Next week we’ll start looking at tips for setting and keeping goals, handling obstacles, and experiencing achievement.

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Goal Setting, JAM with Mike, Take Action | , , | Leave a comment

Jammin’ in the strangest places…

Tuesday, February 5, 2008   Issue #7

A little self-inflicted humor… 

It is advised if you are a web author to set up “Google Alerts” for your site name to see how and if Google is finding your site.  You’re looking for others who might be using your title, how the site ranks, etc.  I checked my Alerts yesterday for “JAM with Mike” and here is what came up:

  • MySpace TV: Pearl Jam With Mike Tyler @ Hershey Stadium 7/12/03
  • A political blog: Joe Scarborough Sheds “Journalist” Role To Jam With Mike Huckabee At Political Rally
  • YouTube skateboard video: Pole jam with Mike Lind…
  • Pahrump Valley Times entertainment listing: One Man Band/Open Jam with Mike Hickey

I thought JAM with Mike was “a bit of positive nourishment to start your day.”  I didn’t realize I was rockin’ with Pearl Jam & Mike Huckabee, skateboarding, and entertaining at a bar in Pahrump… 

Who knew?

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Humor, JAM with Mike | Leave a comment

Confidence and intention

 Thursday, January 31, 2008  Issue #6 

“Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”  – Norman Vincent Peale

Were you able to learn from Tuesday’s story and put the lesson to work?  Great!  Here is one more short story about the power of effective communication when we use intention and confidence. 

Several years ago AKD was at a club with 3 other buddies.  There she was, the “untouchable” girl who always seems to be sitting at the bar of these places.  Very attractive, sipping her drink by herself.  AKD’s buddies all boast that she will dance with us.  None of them are trying to “pick her up.”   They really just wanted to dance.  One by one they approach her, ask her to dance and are summarily rebuffed.  Back at the table, AKD says, “I’ll bet you each a beer that she will dance with me.”  They all laugh and eagerly take the bet, as they know their friend is certainly no more interesting or better looking than the rest of them.  They know she’ll dismiss him at once.

Off AKD goes, walking to his doom (or at least a round of beers for his buddies).

He approaches her and says, “Excuse me.  I am not trying to pick you up.  I have a friend, but she’s not here.  I love this song.  Can you give me two minutes of your time to dance with me?  In two minutes it will be over and I’ll be on my way, but it will mean the world to me.”

She stared at AKD for a moment and then smiled, put down her drink and got up.  “It would be my pleasure.”

Two minutes or so later, AKD’s buddies all bought AKD a nice cold beer and learned a lesson.  It’s not what we communicate; it is how we communicate our intention.

February 20, 2008 Posted by | intention, JAM with Mike | , , , | Leave a comment

Good communication skills and the value of friendliness

 Tuesday, January 29, 2008  Issue #5 

“If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger – we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again.” – Sharon Salzberg  

This week I am sharing stories about successful human communication, built on intention.  I hope you enjoy them and will put the lessons to use.

Coral Dishes?  A little story about good communication skills and the value of friendliness. 

My friend DKA owns a rental coach in Arizona.  The tenant is elderly, and DKA is taking care of replacing electronic items for her that were ruined by a power surge during a recent storm.  He’s shopping at a large discount store.  He picks up a new TV, microwave and a few other items the tenant added to the list.  He’s stumped by one of the items.  “What are ‘Coral Dishes’?” he asks himself.  He doesn’t see an employee to ask but notices a diminutive elderly woman whose head rises over her shopping card by only a few inches.  “She will help me,” he decides. 

Now you have to picture this:  DKA is 6’4″ and his targeted helper is a barely 5′ elderly and frail woman.  DKA strides up with his cart and in his loud and booming voice exclaims, “Hello!  Can you teach me something?” 

“Excuse me?” the woman mutters weakly.  She looks up to see this huge (to her) man hovering over her with an equally huge smile and sparkling eyes.

“I need you to teach me something.” he repeats.

“Well, I can try,” she allows, with a little more confidence when she sees his smile and demeanor.

“You see,” he begins, “I own a coach over at XYZ Resort and my tenant gave me this list of items to pick up for her.  I’m done except for this one item.  Can you teach me what ‘Coral Dishes’ are?” as he hands her the note.

The woman takes the list, looks at the item he is pointing to and starts to laugh.  “Follow me!” she says as she turns her cart away and heads across the store at a brisk pace, with DKA following closely behind.

As they reach the dishware aisle, she points to a box of dishes and smiling says, “These are Corelle dishes – not ‘Coral’!  What color is your coach?  Blue?  Here, this is what you want.”  She hands him the box of dishes.  Giggling, she turns and pushes her cart away, standing tall (for her) and feeling stronger, with a big smile on her face for the funny tall man.

As DKA walks toward the checkout with the dishes in his cart, he reflects on his success.  “It is never what we ask; it is how we ask it that helps us achieve our results.”

Remember that the next time you need help.  Always smile.  Always ask with respect and with confidence that you will be successful.  And know that people always like to teach.  It’s not what we say or ask.  It is how we communicate our intention.

February 20, 2008 Posted by | intention, JAM with Mike | , , , | Leave a comment

Peanut Butter and Beer

 Thursday, January 24, 2008  Issue #4  

Usually you’ll get inspiration and motivation with JAM with Mike, but I also promised to provide a bit of fun.  So, today I give you some fun trivia.   

PB & J, anyone?

For those of you whose fond childhood memories include eating PB & J sandwiches, you will be happy to know that today is National Peanut Butter Day.  No, I’m serious.  There is a National Food Day for most days of the year, and today it’s Peanut Butter Day.

Note:  If you want to try some of the best peanut butter in the world, in a variety of incredible flavor-infused varieties, check out P.B.Loco at www.PBLoco.com.  You can thank me later! 

Think about this when you watch the game this weekend.

If you enjoy a beer while watching the game, you might be interested to know that today is the anniversary of the invention of the beer can.  In 1935 the beer can (created by the American Can Co.) was introduced in Richmond, Virginia by the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, New Jersey. The products were Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale. 

I do not recommend beer with your PB & J…

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Humor, JAM with Mike | , , | Leave a comment

Massive action – accountability

Tuesday, January 22, 2008  Issue #3  

In last Thursday’s JAM, I challenged you to take massive action toward one of your personal or professional goals.  How did you do?  I would love to hear from you and learn about your quest. 

Sometimes we need an objective ear to share our quest with; someone who will neither judge us nor coddle us, but rather encourage and challenge us to persevere and keep moving.  Send me a note and share with me what you are striving for, what that first step was and how you felt after taking action.  I will be there for you – to give you a standing ovation, or kick you in the behind – whatever you need. This quote from George Bernard Shaw highlights how you may have felt (or will feel) after taking massive action on a goal important to you: 

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”  – George Bernard Shaw 

Feeling like a force of Nature?  Oh, yeah! 

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Massive action

Thursday, January 17, 2008  Issue #2

Today you are going to take massive action toward one of your personal or professional goals.

It could be as simple as a phone call or email to your boss, to schedule a meeting to discuss your career ambitions, or to ask to be part of the project group for an important company initiative. 

It might happen at home this evening after dinner, when you go into your den and write the first page of that novel you want to write. 

Or you might spend 20 minutes practicing your guitar to begin your quest to be ready to play at the local coffee house “open mike night”. 

Maybe it is reading the first chapter of that book to learn that skill you need to move up at work.

I called it “massive action”.  None of the examples seem that massive, do they?  It’s massive action because that first step is often the biggest hurdle to achievement.  If you haven’t set any goals for yourself yet this year, the first massive action may be to set some goals.

Think about one personal or professional goal that you know if achieved would make a real difference in one of the key areas of your life – health, wealth, wisdom, or happiness.  Then, think about what the first step might be towards achieving that goal.  Finally, open your calendar and decide what time today, but no later than tomorrow that you will take that first step. 

Don’t read that next email – take 10 minutes to either determine that first step, or even better, take that first step!

February 20, 2008 Posted by | JAM with Mike, Take Action | | Leave a comment

In movement there is life, and in change there is power

Tuesday, January 15, 2008  Issue #1

Thank you for joining me this morning for the inaugural “JAM”.  I thought I’d start with a quote that I refer to often, especially when I need a “push”. 

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen 

What change do you know is necessary to move you forward?  What is one small step you can make today?  Do it!  I’m right here, rooting you on and giving you a standing ovation!

February 20, 2008 Posted by | JAM with Mike, Take Action | , | Leave a comment